The session [with Puff] was so legendary. I'm like, \"Puff, you not finna trump my energy on my album. Just know that in your first session with Nip, I'm 'bout to be turnt up more than you.\" We clapped it up after every take. We doing push-ups. I brought a pound of Marathon O.G. He tapped out like, \"I can't smoke no more of this weed with you Hussle, I'm 'bout to smoke my weed in these joints.\" We really had a legendary session; he got to feel my energy, I got to feel his energy as a producer. And he was in the booth screaming. It was a room full of people and I told everbody, \"Hey man, when he comes out that booth, everybody clap just to keep the energy going. Not to stroke no ego, but just to keep the energy up, you know what I mean, to say, I appreciate you giving your all to this record.\" It was just a fire session.
There are few things linear about The Doors' career arc, and that's largely because Jim Morrison was assuredly not a linear person. Although he died in July 1971, no less than three Doors albums were released after that: 1971's \"Other Voices\" and 1972's \"Full Circle\" each featured the other members doing their own songs and vocals without Jim. However, 1978's \"An American Prayer\" is credited to both Jim Morrison and The Doors as separate entities, as the band simply provides musical accompaniment for Morrison's detailed and sometimes hypersexualized spoken word poetry. Although the music is certainly engaging, there is little harmony between the various tracks, save for a gimme-gimme add-on in the form of live cut \"Roadhouse Blues,\" which reminds us of the power and the chemistry that the band had together when doing songs and not backing a poetry reading. Is it a good full-length record It remains up for debate even to this day. Yet as a rock music curiosity, well, few albums are as curious as this.
Two months before the release of \"Closer,\" Joy Division's sophomore effort, singer and lyricist Ian Curtis took his own life at age 23, shocking the band on the day they it was about to start a tour of North America. While Curtis certainly had his demons, it's hard not to view the cryptic, brooding \"Closer\" as Curtis' way of working through his issues, confronting death and also his failing marriage amid the band's tight, paranoid backing. Arguably the most \"post-punk\" album there ever was (save, of course, for the band's 1979 debut, \"Unknown Pleasures\"), raw guitar fuzz and repeating bass lines create a terse atmosphere where Curtis pours (and shouts) his feelings out. \"This is the crisis I knew had to come,\" he sings on \"Passover,
It's hard not to look at \"From a Basement on the Hill,\" folk artist Elliott Smith's sixth full-length, through the prism of his passing. While he was never afraid to put his personal struggles in lyrical context, \"Basement\" is at times downright confrontational about its subject matter, the chorus of \"Strung Out Again\" even going as far as to say that \"I know my place / Hate my face / I know how I begin / And how I'll end / Strung out again.\" Initially intended as a double album, Smith's estate helped put the finished recordings together with the help of producers and friends, resulting in a record that is certainly unfinished but still beautifully rendered. While he had been growing in his sonic confidence since 2000's \"Figure 8.\" the thundering rock sounds of opener \"Coast to Coast\" (that's The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd absolutely pummeling the drums) and the winsome pop of closer \"A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free\" showcased just how much Smith had grown in his artistry, even if a song as low-key catchy as \"A Fond Farewell\" freely associates with topics like suicıde. It's a harrowing, sometimes difficult document, but still a remarkable one. We could be sad about the loss of his spirit, but to hear him tell it on the album, \"This is not my life / Just a fond farewell to a friend.\"
The Tragically Hip was Canada's rock band, full stop. Filling the airwaves with upbeat, thoughtful pop-rock numbers, the group crafted beloved, chart-topping albums starting back in 1989 with \"Up to Here.\" Yet following a diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor in late 2015, frontman and songwriter Gord Downie decided to go out on his own terms, finishing one last album with The Hip, performing one last concert with them (that was viewed by over 10 million Canadians) and worked on what would be his final solo recordings. \"Introduce Yerself\", a double-disc set intended to have songs inspired by important people in his life, was released only 10 days after his passing in October 2017.
Produced by Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew (who just a few years gave another Canadian treasure, Andy Kim, a similar assist), the sparse, tender and intentional \"Introduce Yerself\" is one part mournful, one part joyous and all parts relatable. Dramatic to a fault, it's a sweet love letter that feels carefully considered, even if a bit overlong. That didn't stop his fans from caring though, as following the album's release, it ended up going straight to No. 1, Gord's first time doing so as a solo artist. A perfectly fitting gesture for a life fully lived and fully loved. 1e1e36bf2d